Application Information Pack: APS 6 Investigations Officer (August 2018)

Role description

Role Title: Investigations Officer  
Division: Operations  
Branch: Investigations
Location: Canberra
Job Type/Role Status: Full-time, Non-Ongoing 
Classification/Salary: ASADA Level 3, APS Level 6 - $90,733 - $99,021
Role Number: 20024378
Team: Investigations Operations 
Reports to: Director – Investigations
Direct Reports: Nil
Qualifications/Essential Requirements: Certificate IV in Government Investigations or equivalent as set out in the Public Services Training Package (PSPO4); and Demonstrated experience in conducting investigations (in a law enforcement or regulatory context) and aptitude to undertake sports anti- doping rule violation investigations (Desirable). 



The Australian Government, as a signatory to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) International Convention against Doping in Sport (the Convention), implements anti-doping arrangements that’s are consistent with the principles of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

The Australian Sports Anti- Doping Authoring (ASADA) is Australia’s national anti-Doping agency. The role and functions of ASADA are set out in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Regulations 2006 and the National Anti-Doping scheme. ASADA is a non-corporate Commonwealth Entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

ASADA is the Australian Government body responsible for protecting the health of athletes and the integrity of Australian sport through engagement, deterrence, detection and enforcement activities aimed at minimising the risk of doping. ASADA works with sports, athletes, support personnel and Government entities to provide a comprehensive anti-doping program.


Primary purpose of the role

The Investigations Officer role is responsible for planning and conducting assessments and investigations, including critical/targeted investigation activities into possible anti-doping violations in a professional and effective manner in accordance the legislative requirements, available methodologies and organisational guidelines to enhance internal control through review and formulation of systems and policies for the protection of public interest and identification risks.


Key duties

The duties of the Investigations Officer will vary according to the needs of the Executive and Senior Executive as informed by the Director of Investigations, under limited direction duties and responsibilities include:

  • Effectively, efficiently and professionally work as a member of a team and/or as investigation case officer to plan and participate in the conduct of investigations into possible ADRVs in Australian sport.  All investigations are to be conducted in accordance with the requirements of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Regulations 2006, and other relevant Australian Government legislation and policies, including the Australian Government Investigations Standards;
  • Plan and manage the use of resources to ensure outcomes are delivered within agreed timeframes and within budget;
  • Maintain sustainable and effective relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders including Australian regulatory and law enforcement bodies, anti-doping organisations internationally, and the World Anti-Doping Agency;
  • Enhance the capability and reputation of ASADA;
  • Assist, identify and recommend mitigation strategies for potential risks to achieving ASADA’s mission and objectives;
  • Develop written investigation plans, reports and briefs of evidence to inform and support anti-doping activities. 


Key accountabilities

  • Ensure compliance with the NAD Scheme, the ASADA Act 2006, the WADA Code and the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013;
  • Ensure compliance with the ASADA Investigations Manual and Australian Government Investigation Standards;
  • Endorse and encourage ‘best practice’ record keeping in accordance with policies, standards and guidelines issued by the National Archives Act 1983 of Australia;
  • Behaviors in accordance with the APS Values and APS Code of Conduct;
  • Cooperate with the employer and comply with all relevant legislation and ASADA’s health and safety policies, procedures and instructions; and
  • Work and act safely and take all reasonable care to protect personal health and safety and the health and safety of others.

Key challenges

  • Being alert and vigilant to gauge the credibility of information provided by sources, which are traditionally considered unreliable.
  • Maintaining standards of quality processes and reports in keeping with the principles of natural justice, fairness and the public interest
  • Some matters are likely to be contentious or complex issues that have scope for alternative interpretation requiring tact, persuasion and sensitivity within the application of guidelines.


APS capabilities

The following APS Capabilities provide the framework for every APS role:

  • Shapes Strategic Thinking
  • Achieves Results
  • Cultivates Productive Working Relationships
  • Exemplifies Personal Drive and Integrity
  • Communicates with Influence


Conflict of interest

The public is entitled to have confidence in the integrity of their public officials, and to know that an Australian Public Service (APS) employee's personal interests do not conflict with his or her public duties.  Applicants will be required to make disclosures of any roles, associations and relationships that would create a real or perceived conflict of interest with ASADA’s role as an anti-doping regulator.


Capabilities for the role

The APS work level standards apply to all APS Employees. These behavioural indicators are structured to differentiate the work expected at that level and should be reviewed in conjunction with the roles key accountabilities.  The work level standards is available at


Selection Criteria

  1. Highly experienced in leading an investigation into alleged misconduct and what steps would be taken to ensure that the investigation was conducted in a fair and impartial manner.
  2. Well-developed ability to lead multiple concurrent investigations. Ensuring that competing priorities are managed effectively in order for the investigation to be completed thoroughly and in a timely manner
  3. Highly developed oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships.
  4. Demonstrated ability to shape strategic thinking, aligning operational activities with corporate goals.
  5. Strong leadership and people management ability.
  6. Strong liaison, interpersonal and negotiation skills, including the ability to influence change.
  7. Demonstrated personal qualities of integrity, initiative, drive and adaptability, and experience in implementing sound workplace management practices.



 Please note, under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed, in writing.

A Negative 1 Vetting Security Clearance and the ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate clearance as required by State or Territory legislation in order to work with minors and vulnerable people.  The successful applicant may also be required to undergo a medical assessment.


How to apply

The selection criteria reflect the knowledge, experience, core skills and personal qualities required for this position. Assessment of applicants during the selection process is based on these criteria.

Applicants are required to provide a short summary (no more than 1500 words) outlining your skills, knowledge, experience and achievements and why you should be considered for this vacancy. You do not need to provide a separate response to each of the criteria in your written application.

You should take into consideration the Job Overview (including any detailed position specific requirements) when drafting your response. Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work. When you include examples, you should:

  • set the context by describing the circumstance where you used the skills or qualities and gained the experiences
  • detail what your role was
  • describe what you did and how you did it
  • describe what you achieved - what was the end result and how does it relate to the job you are applying for?

Your application should include:

  • A two page pitch that outlines your suitability against the selection criteria
  • ASADA Cover Sheet
  • Current resume (no more than 5 pages)

Send applications to



Rob Caruso, Principal Investigator, Investigations –